November 30, 2007
Casinos Atlantic City Hilton Boston at the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-347-7111. www.hiltonac.com . Tom Jones. $100. 11/30 9 pm. 12/1 8 pm. 12/2 7 pm. Melissa Manchester. $35. 12/6 7 pm. Bally's Atlantic City Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000. www.ballysac.com . Darren Romeo. $25. 12/1 7 & 10 pm. 12/2-12/3 7 pm. 12/4-12/6 3:30 & 7 pm. Comedy Stop at the Trop Brighton & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-822-7353. www.thecomedystop.
January 21, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Can Atlantic City be a real place, a city with a life separate from its casino identity? Philadelphia developer John Longacre (American Sardine Bar, South Philly Tap Room, Newbold) thinks so. "Every time a casino closes, I get goose bumps," he said. That's because Longacre - along with a handful of developers who are to gather at a forum at noon Wednesday on new housing opportunities in Atlantic City - sees the epic contraction of the casino market as the key to the city's reinvented future.
September 3, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In the end, the Revel ball did not roll off the tower into the ocean, and no buyer emerged in the middle of the night to save the day. Instead, Revel merely unraveled through the night to an anticlimactic pre-dawn closing of its moribund casino floor. Employees of Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub held a stubbornly spirited after party as remaining on-duty dealers watched from emptying tables, waiting to inventory final stacks of chips. One supervisor put fingers to his own head like a gun and rolled his eyes.
April 10, 2012 |
With Philadelphia still facing an unacceptably high unemployment rate and continuing to search for revenue to fund core services, we should be welcoming new, revenue-generating employers to the city. Yet the recent revocation of Foxwoods' license to operate a casino here had some cheering the loss of a business that would be sure to create jobs and boost the economy. Recently released data show that a second Philadelphia casino would indeed be a boon to the economy. According to the state House Gaming Oversight Committee, another casino would add $144 million to $177 million in economic activity.
November 13, 2013 |
Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn abruptly dropped his bid Monday to win Philadelphia's second casino license. Wynn Resorts Ltd. said it withdrew its application in Philadelphia - touted recently as part of an effort to bring grand urban hotels back to life - to pursue business opportunities elsewhere. "The board took a host of factors into consideration, including the Philadelphia market performance over the past year and the competition which will result from the recent approval of gaming" in New York last week, the company said in a statement.
March 22, 1990 |
One big event in Atlantic City this spring has everyone nervous. The Taj Mahal, Donald Trump's $1.1 billion casino-hotel, opens its doors April 2, and celebrates a grand opening May 18 and 19 with Elton John. Everyone is nervous because the Taj Mahal will become Atlantic City's largest casino-hotel - the casino floor alone measures three acres - at a time when the number of gamblers coming to the city has leveled off. To break even, the Taj has to make gamblers lose more than $1 million each day. That means a variety of attractions designed to grab new gamblers - as well as taking them away from existing casinos.
May 15, 1987 |
What's in a name? Lawsuits and threatened lawsuits, if you're an Atlantic City casino. Consider: Bally Manufacturing, which owns Bally's Park Place in Atlantic City, yesterday held a big 1950s style pep rally for 3,000 employees of its newly purchased Golden Nugget casino to announce its new name for the property: Bally's Nugget. Bruce Levin, Golden Nugget general counsel, responded fast, telling the Atlantic City Press that the name is improper. He said Bally's purchase agreement specifies that it can't use the name Bally's Golden Nugget or anything similar on the casino it bought for $440 million.
July 31, 2013 |
PHL LOCAL GAMING wants you to know something: They're local. One of six bidders hoping to build Philly's second house of cards, the group has proposed Casino Revolution at Front Street and Packer Avenue, where 84-year-old Philly boy and "Tomato King" Joseph Procacci runs his national produce company. Procacci would be majority owner of the casino-hotel. Another local business giant, Walter Lomax Jr., would be part-owner. Procacci said at a news event yesterday that he wants to "transform" the desolate industrial corner of the city "from a warehouse district, and change it to an entertainment district" on a 25-acre plot.
June 21, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City is suspending workers who took part in a protest that blocked traffic Friday night near the casino's entrance. Tropicana president Tony Rodio said Tuesday that 21 workers were suspended indefinitely for allegedly engaging in illegal activity that interfered with the casino's customers. Local 54 of the Unite Here union conducted what it called a civil disobedience campaign Friday resulting in the arrests of 49 of its members after they sat down in the roadway and stopped traffic.
December 14, 1989 |
Look for some interesting newcomers and an ingenious casting coup in Atlantic City this winter. Comedian Nipsey Russell, who is doing his stand-up comedy act in Harrah's Bay Cabaret through Jan. 8, will play Pseudolus, the slave, in Harrah's production of the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, running from Jan. 12 to April Fools' Day. In the role created by Zero Mostel, the producers are hoping, Russell will follow the...